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My self-summary
Attention - READ MY PROFILE before you decide to message me. I know it's kind of long, but you can do it. I believe in you.

Oh hi! I'm Jason. This is my profile. Enjoy...

How would I describe myself? Well, I am a typical guy in some respects, but not so much in others. I sometimes enjoy loud, aggressive music and action movies, but I couldn't care less about competitive sports, fast cars, drinking beer, shooting guns, or et cetera. I'm the type of guy who would rather watch Youtube videos of cute baby animals than watch a football game, and I have no qualms about admitting it. To pretend otherwise would just be putting on an air of phony machismo, and that's not what I'm about. And let's be honest, animals are amazing and wonderful, and football is boring. There, I said it.

I'm not generally a fan of labels, but I consider myself a humanist, feminist, rationalist, freethinker, and skeptic, among other things. I am a bit of a science enthusiast. I enjoy learning about new and interesting scientific discoveries, and just about anything else, really. I crave knowledge in all its forms. I also enjoy reading, watching movies/TV, playing video games, and traveling to new and interesting places. My favorite Internet cat is Li'l Bub, closely followed by Maru. My favorite color is red, my favorite direction is east, and my least favorite month is January.

Since it seems like every other person on this site who's from Utah is LDS, I figure I'll mention this too: I am not religious in any way, shape or form. I've identified as an atheist for over 10 years, and that has very little chance of changing, ever. That being said, it doesn't matter to me what theological views you have, if any, as long as you are not dogmatic in your beliefs and have an open-minded and progressive worldview.

And one last thing: I have moderate, but manageable, social anxiety. Big deal, you might say. A lot of people feel anxious from time to time. It's part of life. For me, however, my anxiety has been severe and debilitating for most of my life. The whole story behind it is long and kind of depressing, so I will spare you the details. However, let me be clear: I do not expect anybody's pity or sympathy, nor do I want it. We all have our shit to deal with, and there are plenty of people in the world who have had a much harder life than I have, so I neither want nor deserve any special treatment. I am mentioning this only because my experience with social anxiety has had profound and indelible effects on who I am as a person, and I could not adequately describe myself without mentioning it. And I know full well that revealing this will significantly reduce my chances of success in the dating world, but I don't care. I refuse to hide who I am in the hopes that it will help me score a date. But this is still a dating site, after all, so allow me to make the case that my history with anxiety is more of an asset than a liability.

It's true that I am awkward in social situations and it takes me a while to loosen up around new people, but those are only surface-level details. What most people don't know is that living with social anxiety has affected me positively as well. It has given me a greater sensitivity to the feelings and emotions of those around me, and has thereby instilled in me a stronger sense of empathy, kindness, and compassion toward others. It has made me more honest, more thoughtful, and more emotionally mature. It has taught me that relationships are not something to take for granted, that life is too short to waste on petty minds games and melodrama. And most of all, it has taught me not to judge others, because I know as well as anybody what it's like to feel judged, and it's not a good feeling. Throughout much of my childhood, I was made to feel a weirdo, an outcast, a loser, and nobody deserves to feel that way, ever. Nobody should be embarrassed or ashamed just for being different. It's GOOD to be different. Imagine how dull and joyless life would be if everybody was the same. Diversity makes the world more interesting, more enriching, and more fulfilling. We should learn to embrace our differences, to be true to ourselves, to say a collective "Fuck you" to all the haters of the world.

This is starting to sound less like a self-description and more like an intro to a motivational seminar, so I'll stop there. Those last two paragraphs dug pretty deep, but that's another thing you should know about me: I hold nothing back, and I will never pretend to be someone I'm not.

Moving on...
What I’m doing with my life
School. I've just been accepted into the Computer Science program at the U, so that will occupy much of my time for the foreseeable future.
I’m really good at
smiling awkwardly
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A lot of the well-known classics (e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five), Infidel, Brave New World, American Gods, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Flim-Flam!, The Demon Haunted World, A Song of Ice and Fire, Small Gods

Alien, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather, Pixar movies, Coen bros. movies, Lord of the Rings, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Spirited Away, Mad Max: Fury Road

Game of Thrones, Louie, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Orange is the New Black, True Detective (well, the first season, anyway), Fargo, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Black Mirror, Les Revenants, Parks and Recreation, Hannibal, Veep, Silicon Valley, The Wire, The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross

Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Pixies, Ministry, The Clash, Meat Puppets, KMFDM, Metallica, The Sex Pistols, Motorhead, Slayer, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Melvins, Tool, Social Distortion, Violent Femmes, Queens of the Stone Age
The six things I could never do without
1. electricity
2. curiosity
3. small fluffy animals
4. my right hand
5. non sequiturs
6. numbered lists
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Things that from a distance look like they might be penguins but upon closer inspection are actually Liam Neeson's pajamas.

(See number 5, above).
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't feel like answering this question, so instead I'll include this weird, dumb little joke/pun thing I came up with.

Q: What do you call a large, gray, tusked land mammal that is not relevant to the current situation?

A: An irrelephant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've lived in Utah my entire life, yet I've never been skiing before. [gasp]
You should message me if
Do NOT message me unless you've read my profile and think there's a reasonably good chance that we'd make a good match. Even if I message you first, don't respond unless you plan on making time to have an actual conversation. It gets really tiring when people respond to one or two of my messages only to ignore me when I attempt to keep the conversation going. I know this is the Internet, but I still expect to be treated with some measure of courtesy and respect. If you're not interested, don't respond. I won't get offended, I promise.

Also, do not message me if you have no intentions of meeting in person or if you are not reasonably able to commit to meeting in person in the not-to-distant future. Not necessarily right away, but, really, if there's little or no possibility of a face-to-face meeting, this whole exercise seems kind of pointless to me. I've spent too much of my life hiding behind a computer screen. I want to actually TALK to someone, not endlessly exchange messages online. Life is short, let's just get to the chase. Sound good? Great. Have a nice day.